The United Kingdom is gearing up for a major, history-making election tomorrow: It's a shitshow. As Nathalie mentioned in Slog AM, Boris Johnson has been accused of hiding in a fridge to avoid the press. But silliness aside, tomorrow's election will decide the fate of Brexit when voters choose which party will lead their country. Will they bring back Boris? Is it time for Jeremy Corbyn? This will be the U.K.'s third general election in less than five years.
Weinstein and his accusers make a tentative $25 million settlement deal: The deal "would not require the Hollywood producer to admit wrongdoing or pay anything to his accusers himself, according to lawyers involved in the negotiations," writes the New York Times. The settlement would be paid by INSURANCE COMPANIES representing Weinstein's former studio, the Weinstein Company. Weinstein's sexual assault trial, like Trump's Senate trial, is expected to begin in early January. 2020 is already emotionally exhausting.
Another guy who can go slap asses in HELL:
The man accused of slapping @wsavalexb's backside while she was on the air is telling his side of the story.— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 11, 2019
In an interview with @InsideEdition, 43-year-old Tommy Callaway says he went to wave to the camera and got caught up in the moment. pic.twitter.com/8zQsnZ7HWs
BREAKING NEWS: Jasmyne and I will be on NPR's Weekend Edition talking about our Unstreamable column. We recorded our spot this afternoon. It'll air this Sunday unless impeachment news overtakes the airways.
🤪 Our little Unstreamable column is going national! @jasmynekeimig and I will be on NPR’s Sunday Weekend Edition with Lulu Garcia-Navarro talking about unstreamable movies, our love for @ScarecrowVideo, and Cher. pic.twitter.com/Pc8GTGLKqH— Chase Burns (@chaseburnsy) December 11, 2019
Speaking of impeachment: The judiciary committee is currently debating articles of impeachment. A live stream:
Oh, and remember Michael Cohen? I hardly do. I feel like his sentencing was 20 years ago. It was actually only one year ago when Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer, was sentenced to three years in prison for violating campaign finance laws. Today, Cohen asked for a reduction in his prison sentence. "Roger Adler, an attorney for Cohen, writes in the filing that Trump's former fixer has cooperated with federal, state and local prosecutors in New York but alleges the Justice Department has not treated Cohen in good faith," reports CNN.
NEW: Michael Cohen just filed a flurry of documents in SDNY supporting a motion to reduce his sentence for cooperation with the government. CC: @CourthouseNews— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) December 11, 2019
Doc: https://t.co/ZXPDjxk8tJ pic.twitter.com/coW0Y4xoq0
The Jersey City shooter has been linked to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement: From the New York Times:
An assailant involved in the prolonged firefight in Jersey City, N.J., that left six people dead, including one police officer, was linked on Wednesday to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, and had published anti-Semitic posts online, a law enforcement official said.
Washington state's new overtime rules are finalized: Our state is planning on allowing "hundreds of thousands of workers who have been exempt to begin collecting [overtime] when they work more than 40 hours per week," writes AP. More:
The Department of Labor and Industries finalized the rules Wednesday and will phase them in by 2028. By that time, salaried workers making up to about $83,400 a year will be entitled to time-and-a-half pay if they work more than 40 hours per week.
Workers making more than that could also get overtime unless they are certain types of professionals — such as those with higher degrees — or unless they are truly managers or executives, as demonstrated by their ability to hire and fire, direct other people’s work or make significant business decisions.
The new councils are coming: Today was Larry Gossett's last day on the King County Council. Lots of council members are stepping down as new councils are teed up to start this January. It's almost 2020, people.
Today marks the last day of Larry Gossett's run on the King County Council. If you haven't taken it in yet, check out @sydbrownstone's recent profile on the life and times of the sharecropper's son and former Black Panther-turned-politician https://t.co/3xpOZPX1Jq— Lewis Kamb (@lewiskamb) December 11, 2019
Here's a video celebrating Larry Gossett from KingCountyTV: Your favorite TV station.
Move on over Greta, there are new cover stars: Actors from the cast of Succession, one of our favorite shows, graced Entertainment Weekly. That floral suit! I approve.
the beard pic.twitter.com/vEsBbMt8eB— karen han (@karenyhan) December 11, 2019
Exclusive: #Succession breakout @nicholasbraun will star in a scripted TV series about #WeWork based on the book by WSJ reporters Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell https://t.co/pyOKz04ezH pic.twitter.com/KtV4h05trR— Lesley Goldberg (@Snoodit) December 11, 2019
The Space Force will become a new branch of the U.S. military: Today's passage of the annual defense authorization bill by the House of Representatives does two big things. First, it provides all federal workers with 12 weeks of paid parental leave for the first time in American history, writes CNN. This was a compromise that came with the Democrats agreeing to fund Trump's Space Force, which will now become the sixth branch of the U.S. military. The phrase "space force" always reminds me of this great anime that recently played at The Beacon—although The Beacon says "the mythical nation of Honneamise is modeled is much more closely on the anti-imperialist USSR than America, thanks!"